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  ISSUE 9/2013 5 April 2013  
Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

We had a successful Annual General Assembly with dinner at the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, attended by a full house of 42 members. For more details, see below.

We have already 25 players from FCCJ signed up for the Stora Enso Cup, played on Friday, 19 April at G.C. Narita Hitree. But if you would like to play and have not yet signed up, do so within next week. More about the event below.

Please also note our Luncheon with Timo Varhama, President, UPM-Kymmene Japan KK on Thursday, 16 May. Timo will retire at the end of May so this is a good opportunity for all members to thank him for his contribution to our chamber and to hear the experiences and opinions of our "senior statesman".
Details will follow in my coming bulletins.

Report from the FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The fourteenth FCCJ Annual General Assembly was held on Wednesday, 3 April at the Embassy of Finland attended by 42 chamber members and members of its Board of Trustees.

At the end of the assembly, Jukka Pajarinen, First Secretary at the Embassy of Finland gave a short introduction to Team Finland.

After the assembly, Ambassador Jari Gustafsson hosted a buffet dinner were he gave some impressions of his four years in Japan. During the dinner a lot of active discussions took place between the members.

For more about the general assembly and many images, please click link at right.

Monday, 8 April - Joint Nordic Event organized by the Swedish Chamber
Let's listen to Lord Mayor Roger Gifford

Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, is taking time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to us at the Swedish Embassy's auditorium on Monday, 8 April, 17:00 - 19:00.

He has been head of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) in the United Kingdom since 2000, and from 1994 to 1999, he headed the bank’s operations in Japan.
In October 2012, he was elected Lord Mayor of London and became the 685th Lord Mayor of London (for 2012-13), to serve as the global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services.

Mr. Gifford will speak briefly about his role as Lord Mayor of London and we will then be able to ask questions. The event is free for chamber members.
Drinks will be served afterwards, sponsored by Höganäs, IFS and Scandinavia Corporation.

For more information, click link below. at right. To register contact SCCJ directly within today.
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Friday, 19 April - Stora Enso Cup
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - Spring 2013

The 22nd Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge - the Stora Enso Cup - is played on Friday, 19 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.. At the same time we also play the FCCJ Cup for FCCJ members and the SCCJ Spring Cup for SCCJ members.

The venue this time is Golf Club Narita Hitree, in Chiba prefecture. First tee-off is at 9:12 and the cost is 16,000 yen, all included (play fee, caddie, lunch and party after play).

For a flyer of the event, which also includes the access map and registration form, click link below.
Wednesday, 17 April - ACCJ Women in Business Committee Event
Taking Initiative

Event Overview:
The Women in Business Committee welcomes Susan Blount, senior Vice President and General Counsel for Prudential Financial Inc. Ms. Blount has been honored as Women's e-news "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" for her ability to leverage power in advocating for diversity in the legal field.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 17 April 17, 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Roppongi Hills Club
Fee: 5,500 yen
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Friday, 12 April 12

In response to a study reporting on the dismal numbers of minority- and women-owned law firms, Ms. Blount partnered to create the Inclusion Initiative. In 2010, its first year of operation, the Initiative exceeded its goal of spending 30 million dollars on women- and minority-owned law firms by 10 million dollars. She has recruited some of the most prestigious companies worldwide to support this worthy endeavor.

Ms. Blount will share her personal journey as a lifelong advocate for diversity, from her time as a young woman struggling starting in a field dominated by men, to her eventual success and efforts to pave the way for women behind her.

For detailed biographical information on Ms. Blount, please click here.

To register for the event directly to the ACCJ, click link at right.
METI and JETRO incentive schemes for FY2013

As you might be aware of, METI, in cooperation with JETRO ,is offering various incentive schemes with the aim of increasing investments either into Japan in general or to specific regions. The most well known are perhaps the incentive schemes focusing on Tohoku and the general incentive scheme to promote the establishment of Asia regional headquarters in Japan or R&D facilities.

The application period or invitation period for the incentive programme for establishment of regional headquarters and Japanese based R&D centres has now opened.
Information can be found following the links posted at right.

News from Finland

Pekka Vauramo New CEO of Finnair

Finnair has named its new CEO. He is Pekka Vauramo, who now works for freight-handling company Cargotec. That's the same company that Finnair's former CEO, Mika Vehviläinen, left the national carrier last month to head.

New CEO Vauramo now heads Cargotec's MacGregor division in Hong Kong. He will take over the controls at Finnair at the beginning of June.

Finnair chair Klaus Heinemann said Vauramo's "strong experience in the Asian markets combined with his leadership skills" make him "a perfect match for Finnair".

Vauramo, a 55-year-old engineer, has worked for Cargotec for six years.

Grin of the Week

Determine the gender of flies

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" She asked.
"Hunting Flies" He responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell?"
He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."
Have a nice weekend &
Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 650 recipients among its members and related organizations.

FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 64 corporate members, 12 individual and one special member.